But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.
The crowds had once again come out to see this wonderful Rabbi and listen to his teaching. On this particular day, they had packed themselves onto the shoreline while Jesus spoke to them from a boat and told them the parable of the Sower and the Seed.
Afterward, the disciples inquired as to why he spoke in parables and he answered with the sad truth from the prophet Isaiah –
“For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’
They were indeed looking at this wonderful Rabbi and listening to his profound teaching and yet they failed to see who he truly was and failed to hear the truth of the Word. God was revealing himself through the Son and yet most remained blind to the Messiah that they had waited so long for. Even the Jewish leaders, Scribes and Pharisees, in all their wisdom failed to see him – “for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1Cor2:8).
God continues to reveal the hidden secrets of the Kingdom and the mystery of the gospel to each one who truly seeks it. His Word is rich in wisdom and spiritual truths and He has promised that ‘You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart’ (Jer29:13).
Today, may your eyes be blessed as you seek Him, and may your ears be blessed as you listen for his voice.